Deal alert: Interrail celebrates 50 years by slashing unlimited ticket prices in half

May 6, 2022

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To coincide with half a century of Interrailing, Europe’s most iconic rail pass is cutting 50% off unlimited travel tickets in an unprecedented flash sale starting today.

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The deal runs until Tuesday 10 May and could even bag you unlimited travel tickets from as low as £5 per day. At present, 33 countries and 42 rail firms have taken part in the scheme.

Akin to a train conductor clipping tickets with wilful abandon, these are some massive cuts here. True to the values of the original scheme, adults aged 27 and below will now pay just £215 for a one-month global pass, £234 for two months and £290 for three months, working out to less than a fiver per day.

That would give you the chance to marvel at the landmarks and cities of Europe for a whole three months at little more than the price of a Pret sandwich.

Travellers aged 28 to 60 meanwhile will pay only £286 for a one-month Global pass, £313 for two months and £386 for the three-month version; while passengers aged 60 and over get it cheaper than anyone, paying just £258, £281 and £347 for the same tickets respectively.

(Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)It’s great for families, too, as under-12s able are able to travel for free. Consider how most routes from the U.K. into Europe, including Eurostar generally provide little discount for those between the ages of 4 and 12 — that’s one of the key benefits of travelling by Interrail.

Related: 5 thing you should know before planning a European Interrail trip

The cheapest Interrail Global Pass is available for 185 euros, although the full cost will vary according to the expiry date, the number of travel days and any 1st class usage.

If you did want to bump yourself up to first class, the prices are more than agreeable: it’s only £303 for a first-class one-month Global unlimited pass for those 27 and under. Those 28-60 pay £382 and the boomer ticket will cost £344.

The Bernina Pass view in Switzerland.

One important thing to note is that you can only book tickets in the deal within the next 11 months, and there are no refunds and exchanges with flash sale tickets.

Interrail tickets are accepted on some ferry lines, and while all customers with a Global Pass are eligible to travel on the Eurostar (between London and Paris, London and Brussels, and London and Amsterdam/Rotterdam respectively), you’ll need a seat reservation to do so.

Naturally, the passes aren’t perhaps as cheap as they were back in the days when jeans were flared and low-cost airlines didn’t even exist but taking in inflation it’s being hailed as the best ever price for the service.

Related: 5 European Interrail journeys I’ll never forget

Since launching in 1972, over 10 million (predominantly young) travellers have used Interrail to explore the continent.

But first, here are 5 things you should know before planning your trip — and make sure that passport is in full working order first…

Featured photo by Markus Thoenen/Getty.

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